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This Guide was created as a joint project of the Academic Resource Center and the William H. Hannon Library.

Revision Checklist


Use this revision checklist to see where your paper needs more work!



  • Does the draft carry out the assignment?
  • If not, how might the writer better fulfill the assignment?


  • Does the introduction orient the reader to the paper?
  • Does it whet the reader’s appetite?
  • Is the thesis clearly stated?
  • Does it provide a roadmap for the rest of the paper?  


  • Does the thesis have a topic with a claim made about it?
  • Is the topic + claim too broad or too narrow for the scope of the paper?
  • Can it stand up to the question, “So what?” 


  • Who is the audience?
  • How does the draft interest and appeal to its audience?
  • Is it written at the right level for the intended readers?


Main Points/Body Paragraphs

  • Does each main point have a topic sentence?
  • Does each point support the claim made in the thesis? Should any points be eliminated or de-emphasized?
  • Underline the evidence used to support the point. Do any points need to be developed (supported) more fully? What evidence, examples, details might help? 
  • Are sources integrated seamlessly into the paragraph, i.e. is there commentary from the writer about the evidence? Is the source cited?
  • Which paragraphs are clearest? Best developed?

Organization and flow

  • Is the writing easy to follow?
  • Are the ideas presented in an order that makes sense to readers?
  • Identify paragraphs/sentences that seem out of place or repetitive.



  • Are there effective transitions within sentences, between paragraphs, and from one idea to the next?
  • Are keywords repeated to help readers follow a logical order? Would headings be appropriate?


  • Does it restate or connect back to thesis?
  • Does it introduce new ideas that belong better in body paragraphs?
  • Does it end in a memorable way, leaving the reader with something to think about, or does it seem to end abruptly or trail off into vagueness?

Overall Questions to Ask:

Does the entire draft fulfill the promise of the thesis? 

Does the draft answer the prompt?